Saturday, April 09, 2005

Why it Matters - 2025 far down the slippery slope

This was on a Pastor's Post. He found it somewhere. If we don't stop the drift we are very very close to this. Look at this story. The slippery Terri Schaivo slope is fully in operation. If nothing happens to change it.....

Read this:

Dear Mom,

Can you believe it’s 2025 already? I’m still writing 24 on nearly everything. Seems just like just yesterday I was sitting in 1st grade celebrating the century change!

I know we haven’t really chatted since Christmas. Sorry. Anyway, I have some difficult news and I really didn’t want to call and talk about it in person.

Ted’s had a promotion, and I keep putting in those crazy hours. You know how I work at it. Yes, we’re still struggling with the bills. Timmy’s been “OK” at kindergarten although he complains about going. But then he wasn’t happy about day care either, so what can I do? He’s been a real problem, Mom. He’s a good kid but quite honestly he’s an unfair burden at this time in our lives. Ted and I have talked this through and finally made a choice. Plenty of other families have made it and are much better off.

Our pastor is supportive and says hard decisions sometimes are necessary. The family is a “system” and the demands of one member shouldn’t be allowed to ruin the whole family. He told us to be prayerful, consider all the factors and do what is right to make the family work. He says that even though he probably wouldn’t do it himself, the decision is a personal one that each family must make on their own. He was kind enough to refer us to a children’s clinic near here, so at least that part’s easy.

I’m not an uncaring mother. I do feel sorry for the little guy. I think he overheard Ted and me talking about it the other night. I turned around and saw him standing at the bottom of the stairs in his pj’s with the little bear you gave him under his arm and his eyes sort of welling up.

Mom, the way he looked at me nearly broke my heart. But I honestly believe this is better for Timmy too. It’s not fair to force him to live in a family that can’t give him the time and attention he deserves. And PLEASE don’t give me the same kind of grief Grandma gave you over your abortions. It’s the same thing, you know.

We’ve told him he’s just going in for a vaccination. Anyway, they say the termination procedure is painless.

I guess it’s just as well you haven’t seen that much of him lately. Give my love to Dad.




Friday, April 08, 2005

Two Funerals and a Wedding

Like I guess much of the rest of the world I got up early (3AM) and watched the Pope’s funeral. All 3 hours. I had never heard that much Latin. Wonderful stuff.

The response of the crowd was terrific. Orderly and Enthusiastic. That’s how the Holy Spirit does things.

The Italians should be proud of how they handled this. Free water to those in line. Tent Cities. Medical Clinics. Order without oppression.

I wondered how it might be if this were in Chicago. I’m a big fan of Chicago but it is the city on the make. Always has been.

  • Water would have been $5 a bottle and you can’t bring in your own.
  • There would have been two lines, one for the plebes and one for those with clout.
  • For a hundred bucks you could buy into the shorter line.
  • Box lunches would have been on sale for $20 each.
  • ACLU would have objected to using public streets for a religious purpose.
  • The union wouldn’t have let the designated pallbearers carry the Pope’s body.
  • If you didn’t have medical insurance you would be out of luck getting health care from heat stress.
  • There would have been 30 metal detectors and strip searches to go into St Peters to see the Pope’s body.

Thank God for the Funeral being in Rome. Well done you Italians.

It reminded me of the Terri Schaivo funeral. You didn’t see it? No wonder. We have the attention span of a Gnat in this country. That’s our problem. We’re so worried about Michael Jackson’s perversion we can’t see beyond our nose.

The other non event appropriately eclipsed by the Pope’s funeral is the wedding of Prince Charles and “??” Camilla. Don’t they have justices of the peace in Britain? Couldn’t they just get it over with; don’t bore us, no white dresses, no priests taking the name of the Lord in vain? Make it legal and go away…PLEASE. Go back to grouse hunting and have a nice day.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Big Talk = Tiny Ego

I talk too much some times. I hope I have something to say. I do zip it. I am aware and uncomfortable with people who can’t shut up, ever! Blah Blah Blah

A guy I do business with who talks, talks, talks. The less confident he is the more he talks. When he is feeling vulnerable he increases in volume and velocity. The fact that he must dominate the conversation to the exclusion of all others says volumes about him.

It says:
  • My ideas are weak
  • I don’t think I can defend them well
  • If I let you talk you might expose my Ego’s nakedness
  • You might ask a question that shows me up for who I really am
  • I am able to buffalo most people well enough by verbosity, why not you?
  • I know deep inside I look like an idiot when I talk all the time but maybe if I keep talking you may never get to the point where you point it out.
  • I am not confident enough to allow you to offer any input
  • I’m unwilling to take the chance at exchanging ideas, I don’t have any
  • My opinions aren’t that important but I don’t want to try anything new
I should be tolerant. I should be willing to listen. But, right now, I can’t get my head above the volume of drivel enough to care. I will terminate our relationship if he doesn’t shut the heck up!

Gloom Doom and a Hope

I have been thru heck the last few days. Unfortunately I can't tell you much about it. It has to do with court, pressues, payments and other things.

This is not the way we think it will be when we hit late middle age.

But, long view. That's what I'm best at. OIL PRICES. Don't whine. By a year from now gas prices will hover around two bucks. Still cheap factoring in everything. On the market instead of $55-60 it will be more around $40. You don't have to believe me. Just live it. Get used to $2 gas. But don't worry about $3.

Of course if I'm wrong you're out nothing. If I'm right you worried for nothing.

I forcast this with conficence since all the "experts" are forecasting doom and gloom. They are nearly always wrong.

So, hang in there. Life will get better. Promise.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

I'm Really Angry

I'm upset that I don't write as well as others. I'm not a big fan of the "Look what I read" mode of blog posting. But, when someone says something so much better than I ever could, I bow to my resistance and post up the link.

Mark Styen is brilliant. His comment on why the "Progressive" media and other like minded critics don't get the Pope is the best I have read.

If you are "progressive" this will irritate you. If you are conservative you will say right on.

He doesn't demean you "progressives", Just your thinking.

Read it if you dare!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

You Don’t Have to Belong!

The current psycho-babble going on in the media by “Catholics” who don’t like the way the Pope ran the church is astounding. You should see the letters to the editor in the Chicago Tribune today. WOW!

Worse, I have Catholic friends and relatives who really would like to see the church change to fit their current beliefs RE:

Same Sex Marriage
Women Priests
Married Priests
Gay Priests

and a dozen other democratic moderations of uncomfortable (to them) doctrines of the Church. The church mentioned by Jesus in Revelations at Laodoceia was a democratically governed bunch. It ended up lukewarm and vomited out.

I’m not Catholic. In fact I’m far from it. But I respect values centered righteousness. I may not agree with some of the doctrine of the church but I don’t have to. I’m not a member. I do think this Pope was one of the great ones. We will not see his like for a long time to come.

I have some sound advice for those who don’t believe in the doctrine of the Catholic Church; Who want to change it to fit "todays standards", Who thru tradition or some other reason still attend and call themselves Catholic. GET OUT!

You don’t have to belong. The Church didn’t leave you, you left it (at least in belief). It hasn’t changed. You have. You moved. She didn't.

SO LEAVE. There’s no rule you have to stay. Start your own church.

Buy a few Deepok Chopra books, get some crystals, worship at the altar of Oprah and call yourself spiritual. At least you’ll be honest about who you are.

Let the Church be what it has been for centuries without you. You’ll both be better off. This isn’t a democracy, it never has been and God forbid it ever is.

God Bless Pope John Paul II the GREAT. Rest in peace.

Deceived and Diverted by Terri (My Last Word on This)

Well meaning people, well meaning Christians have been deceived by the enemy of our souls regarding the Terri Schaivo case.

The devil uses good people to achieve his ends. He used the apostle Peter. (..get thee behind me Satan). Our enemy isn’t flesh and blood. It’s spiritual forces who push and pull flesh until we find ourselves used and abused. I have been there.

There are three primary strategies used by the devil to keep Christians impotent in all this. He used it well in the Schaivo case. We need to learn to watch for this kind of deception.

1. Jesus talked of 4 kinds of soil in the parable of the sower and soils. Matthew Chapter 13. Rocky, Shallow, Weedy and Good. Many Christians today are choked out (third soil type) with the cares of the world, secular influences, trying to make a living, time constraints and family issues. If the enemy can keep us in turmoil he can keep us ineffective. Pull some weeds. Not everything is worth getting upset about. That’s why I’m more careful of movies I go to see, music I hear and TV I watch. I don’t need the extra weeds in my life. I have been a serious Star Trek NG fan. I cried when Worf lost his wife. I’m pitiful. Weeds!

2. Some people are very nice, persuasive and caring sounding. These same people are also the most dangerous. I point to Michael Schivao’s lawyer. Toward the end of Terri’s life he kept coming on the news telling how serene and peaceful she was. How wonderful and filled with ecstasy was her end of life experience. He came as an angel of light. I don’t doubt he is sincere. I don’t doubt he believes all the deception he is delivering. Oprah does the same thing. Angels of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14. Smooth. Sweet. Deceived and deceiving. They aren’t evil, they are pawns used by the enemy to deceive as a angels of light. Discern!

3. Wearing down the saints. Daniel predicted that in these days the enemy would come to wear down the saints. Dan 7:25kjv. He is doing it. I have been in enough lawsuits to know that the prime strategy is one of wearing down the opposition thru paper. The court battles the Schindlers (Terri’s parents) went thru was never an up or down decision. It was wearing down the saints until the very heart went out of them. If you read the passage you will see that it refers to times and laws to wear down the saints. The enemy wants to frustrate you more and more until you give up. Well my friends, don’t give up, don’t give in. The war was begun long ago. Many soldiers have died. Some in battle. Some of age. You are now called to stand and fight. It’s not a defensive war. We must be on the offense. Our enemy is. Don’t be weary in well doing. Persist!

I’m sure there are a hundred other strategies he is using. These were most obvious by the Schaivo case. The good news is, the enemy always shoots himself in the foot. You have never heard as much about what is right and righteous as you do right now. If his intent was to suppress the body of Christ he chose the wrong tactic. DO BATTLE IN THE SPIRIT. This is war.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Human Chronic Wasting Disease

The Bible tells us things will get difficult in the last days. An asteroid is supposed to hit planet earth and kill a third of all humanity.

There is supposed to be a plague of some disease. Also killing off a third of humanity.

I wondered for a long time how that was possible. Then I watched Chronic Wasting Disease kill thousands in overpopulated deer herds. Too many deer in too small a place. Then it hit.

I postulate my belief.

HCWD. Read above.

It comes from too many people living too close together. We are more urban then ever before and not developing immunities we did decades ago. Candidates? Avian Flu. New strains of aids airborne. Auto immune deficiencies. Who knows. But we are not antibody ready for whatever hits. Our population has been prepared for this disaster to take place.

Just this last week 30 kids from Florida became deathly ill from a petting zoo. A petting zoo! If a child is insulated, hermetically sealed as it were from all exposure to anything which could carry GERMS they end up in jeopardy.

Look at the huge increase in allergies, hay fevers and other disorders in young people.

Blame Purell. Better yet blame the imposed mentality that makes the fear of bugs, dirt, germs, animals, and other immunity building components something to be kept far away from our children.

We are living a dangerous experiment. Our children live closer to each other in cities. Urbanization has burgeoned. They are less able to resist environmental influence. They are un-immunized by natural influence. Like a bulls eye on their heads this generation is vulnerable to previously inert pathogens which lie in wait to strike their target.

Science has already proven that kids who grow up (from a small child) with exposure to animals, their feces, dirt, dust, pollen, stale water, and other kids with kid diseases (hopefully non fatal) do MUCH better. Don’t take it from me, read this:

In our formerly agrarian society this was easy. It’s not now. And we have embraced a culture of clean to the point where we are now endangering our kids. By the time they are 9 years old it’s almost too late.

I have come to believe all things in moderation. We are clean to excess.

Those dirty little kids you see on the "sad tale shows" which shows dire poverty in third world countries, little naked kids crouched in the dirt; They don’t have allergies. They might die of other things. But they are far less susceptible than our kids are to environmental reactions.

What’s the answer. You don'’t want to know. But let your kids get dirty. Bitten by bugs. Let em eat DIRT. Clean dirt.


The potential for HCWD is tremendous.


Keep your distance.